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Your Fire Risk

Victoria is one of the most fire prone regions in the world. Although there has been wet weather over winter, it only takes a few hot, dry, windy days to create dangerous fire conditions. On these days, fires can start and spread quickly. 

You don't have to live in the country to be at risk from bushfire or grassfire. Suburban homes can burn down too, even houses that are a few streets away from bush or grassland.

Click here for information about living on the Urban Fringe.

Have a plan - know what to do if there is a fire

Planning ahead for what you’re going to do on a high fire-risk day is the best way to keep yourself and your family safe this summer.

Talk to everyone you live with about your plans so you all know what to do, and when and where to go, on days of heightened fire risk.

When you’re planning, think about:

• how you’ll know when to leave
• where you’ll go
• how you'll get there.

Understanding Fire Danger Ratings

Fire Danger Ratings predict how a fire would behave if it started, including how difficult it would be to put out. The higher the rating, the more dangerous the conditions.

Click here for more information on Fire Danger Ratings


How will I know if there is a fire in my area?

This summer, it is important that you know where to go for information and updates about fires in your area. 

You need to monitor conditions, listen to the emergency broadcaster in your area and check emergency.vic.gov.au

Do not rely on an official warning to leave. Fires can start and spread quickly. 

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